9 Details That Show You Know Your Dog Better Than You Know Yourself

Written by: Tasmai Uppin

July 8, 2015

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When you spend all your time living in such proximity to another living being (in this case, your dog), you quickly learn their quirks, habits, likes, dislikes, and everything in between. It’s like your relationship takes on this special, ethereal quality where you settle into the comfort that comes with knowing SO much about someone.


Since adopting Benji, I’ve learned a ton about how he’s wired and what makes him tick. It’s so crazy how I’ve picked up on the subtle cues. Here are 9 things that I’m sure all pup parents can relate to:

1. You know when your dog’s paying attention to you…

When I talk to Benji his ears cock up. I don’t even need to mention food or bribe him. I know I can have a full on conversation with him because I know I’ve got his undivided attention.

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2. And you also know when your pup’s completely tuned out their surroundings.

You know there’s no point yelling his name over and over again because he’s hit that time of day where he doesn’t give a pup about anything. *Space cadet mode activated*

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3. But, in moments like these, you know exactly how to motivate your pup to grab back his attention.

The minute I rustle a bag of his favorite treats, I know Benji will snap out of his spaciness and come right to me.

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4. When you guys go on a walk, you know your pup’s rhythm like the back of your hand. No joke!

You’ve memorized his routine down pat. You can tell with a 100% accuracy that he’s going to stop to sniff a tree at the next corner or pee on that plant that startled him a month ago.


5. Let’s not forget your dog’s *ahem* bowel movements.

You don’t just know what makes them explode, you can tell what they’ve eaten by their farts! For everything you ever wanted to know about dog poop, check out this handy dandy infographic.


6. You know that when your dog wags her tail in circles, she’s genuinely thrilled to see you.

And that when she comes and curls up in the crook of your arm, she just wants you to know she’s there for you.

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7. You are extremely familiar with your pup’s “naughty” look.

It’s like their face is telling you, “I solemnly swear that I’m up to no good.” And you’re the only person who can understand it.

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8. When they come running to you, tail between their legs, you know that the vacuum cleaner scared the daylights out of them.

Only you know their tough exterior is all an act and that deep down inside they’re just mushy-hearted love bugs that scare easy.

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9. While everyone thinks that your pup will eat anything, you are the only one who knows what he truly loves.

You often have to tell people…”Ahh sorry, but he doesn’t like those crab treats, he’s more of a sweet potato and raspberries kinda pup. Feed him those and he’ll be putty in your hands.”

Rescued Dog Benji

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Chowing down his food and lovin' it

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Written by: Tasmai Uppin

July 8, 2015

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